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Instagram to launch new features against online bullying
Instagram將推警示功能 打擊網路霸凌

Tsai A-ga is pictured at the Huashan 1914 Creative Park in Taipei on July 6 last year. With over 1.1 million followers on Instagram, he is Taiwan’s most followed Web celebrity.

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Instagram, a Facebook-owned social networking platform, is to launch new features aimed at curbing online bullying. According to AFP, the company announced this month that it will use artificial intelligence to detect when a user is about to post offensive content, and issue a caution by asking the user: “Are you sure you want to post this?”

“This intervention gives people a chance to reflect and undo their comment,” said Adam Mosseri, head of Instagram, adding that in early tests, they have “found that the feature encourages some people to undo their comment and share something less hurtful.” The company will also start testing “Restrict,” a feature aimed at rendering abusive posts visible only to the sender.

Instagram has over a billion users across the world, including 7.4 million users in Taiwan. However, bullying is not the only problem the social network is currently facing, as there have been calls for regulations over hate speech, fake news and “deepfake” technology that fabricates content easily mistaken for the real thing.

(Eddy Chang, Taipei Times)





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